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Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon
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Dr. Tjark von Reden

Cluster Manager

Composites United e.V. – Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

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The Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon of Composites United e.V. (CU) pursues the goal of implementing lightweight construction technologies on an industrial scale for various user industries throughout Bavaria. In order to achieve this goal, leap-frog innovations are required along the entire component life cycle, i.e. starting with the fiber and matrix material, through the manufacture of components and product systems, to conclusive recycling concepts.

Currently, more than 130 partners – who are also members of the CU – are pooling their knowledge in order to expand the technological leadership in the use of CFRP components in mass production and to develop Bavaria into a global beacon in the field of fiber composite technology. The intensive cooperation between renowned major German companies and technology leaders in the application sectors of automotive engineering, aerospace, mechanical and plant engineering, and fiber and semi-finished product manufacturers makes the MAI Carbon Leading-Edge Cluster unique.

The founding partners of MAI Carbon are the companies Audi, BMW, Premium Aerotec, Airbus Helicopters, Voith and SGL Carbon, as well as the Swabian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chair for Carbon Composites (LCC) at the Technical University of Munich and Carbon Composites e.V.

Leading edge cluster as a motor for the region

The concentration of all major companies and institutions along the value chain of future materials with carbon fibre reinforcement is a remarkable unique selling point in the city triangle of Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt (MAI). This provides an ideal basis for helping carbon composites technology to make a breakthrough in various sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industries, but also in mechanical engineering. The prerequisite for this is a networked and coordinated approach, which is coordinated by the MAI Carbon Leading-Edge Cluster. Furthermore, MAI Carbon is a bridge builder in international value-added chains and, together with its partners, is pushing for worldwide market access in line with demand. Another important component of the cluster’s work is the continuous development of educational content from early childhood education to bachelor and master programs.

Vision of the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

The declared aim is to develop the MAI region into a European centre of excellence for lightweight CFRP construction that covers the entire value-added chain of CFRP technology and helps the partners represented in the cluster to achieve a leading position on the world market in the key technology of CFRP.

Technical optimization and education are the key to success

Two basic requirements are decisive for the sustainable establishment of this new technology. On the one hand, it must be possible to significantly reduce the costs of manufacturing CFRP components, and on the other hand, a completely new educational program must be developed that meets the special challenges of carbon composites.

Thus, the basic prerequisite for the sustainable implementation of the new technology of carbon composites is achieved and at the same time the region is given another unique selling proposition.

MAI Carbon

Am Technologiezentrum 5
86159 Augsburg

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Dipl. -Kfm. Sven Blanck

Deputy Managing Director MAI Carbon
Head of International Affairs & Controlling

Composites United e.V. – Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

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Anna-Lea Glocker

Head of Marketing & Communications,
Administrator Carbon Connected

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Angelika Müller

Assistant to the Cluster Manager, Administration and Project Management

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Phillip Scherer

Educational projects

Composites United e.V. – Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

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Dipl.-Ing. Denny Schüppel

Head of project and Knowledge Management

Composites United e.V. – Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

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Stefan Steinacker

Head of Exhibition & Conference Management

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Annett Thieme

Composites United e.V. – Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

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Project Management

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Projects

R&D projects of the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon

MAI Carbon has set itself the goal of developing Bavaria into the global center of CFRP technology in the coming years. This requires certain basic prerequisites, such as technological leadership in the field of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP).

In order not only to achieve this goal, but also to maintain and further expand it, the following project programs were initiated between companies and research institutes of the MAI Carbon Network:

  • MAI Carbon leading-edge cluster projects (2012-2017)
  • Campus Carbon 4.0 (ongoing from 2017)
  • Internationalization (2019-2021)
  These can essentially be assigned to five areas:
Production systems

MAI Fo

Production systems

MAI MaRo

Production systems

MAI CC4 FastMove

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Enviro

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI RecyTape

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI UCB

Design and engineering

MAI Q-fast

Design and engineering

MAI TAI

Production systems

MAI Plast

Production systems

MAI Pop

Production systems

MAI SFE

Production systems

MAI Pull

Production systems

MAI Skelett

Production systems

MAI ProCut

Production systems

MAI Preform 2.0

Production systems

MAI Robust

Production systems

MAI Profil

Production systems

MAI Tank

Production systems

MAI Hiras + Handle

Production systems

MAI ZPR

Production systems

MAI AutoPreg

Production systems

MAI Re-car

Production systems

MAI Multiskelett

Production systems

MAI Span

Production systems

MAI CC4 HybCar

Internationalization

MAI iBIC

Internationalization

MAI iTeCK

Network and knowledge

MAI Bildung

Network and knowledge

MAI 2.0

Network and knowledge

MAI Job

Network and knowledge

Bildung 4.0 für KMU

Network and knowledge

MAI Schulprogramm

Network and knowledge

MAI digi@work

Design and engineering

MAI Design

Design and engineering

MAI Q-fast

Design and engineering

MAI Last

Design and engineering

MAI ZFP

Design and engineering

MAI Form

Design and engineering

MAI Impact

Design and engineering

MAI CC4 Hybrid

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Green

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Speed

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Polymer

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Enviro 2.0

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI Sandwich

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI CaFeE

Efficiency and sustainability

MAI CC4 CaRinA

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  • Design and engineering

  • Efficiency and sustainability

  • Internationalization

  • Network and knowledge

  • Production systems

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Executive Committee

The board strategically supports the further development of the cluster.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler

Spokesman

Chair of Carbon Composites, Technical University Munich, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV

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Dr. Andreas Erber

Director Lightweight Design and Application Center SGL Group

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Markus Feiler

Coriolis Composites GmbH

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Ralph Hufschmied

Managing Director Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme GmbH

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif

University of Augsburg
Institute for Software & Systems Engineering (ISSE)

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Johannes Plaum

Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH

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Lydia Raab

Management Assistance
Member & Project Management

Composites United e.V.

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Composites United e.V. is open to all companies and research institutes that are active in the field of high-performance fibre composites.

How can you apply for a membership?

Depending on the type and size of your organization, please fill out the adjacent application for membership in Composites United e.V. Please send the completed and signed application for membership by e-mail to Lydia Raab.

How does the procedure proceed?

When your application for membership has been received by Composites United e.V., the managing director will recommend – after examination – the acceptance of the application to the executive committee and inform you about it. If there is no objection within ten days, the recommendation is accepted. You will then be informed about the admission.

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!

Advantages of a Membership

Support in the implementation of innovations
Participation in research and development projects
Research promotion via Carbon Composites Leichtbau gGmbH as a member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" e.V. (AiF).
Mediation of cooperations and business initiations with companies and research institutions of the latest composite technology
Involvement in new strategic development directions, e.g. in the field of digitisation and AI
Constructively critical support of the legislative authorities in the field of sustainability and recycling of CFRP.
Possibility of a targeted search for skilled workers
Access to new national and international markets
Information and participation in national and international funding initiatives
Reduced or free participation in theme days and specialist events
Free participation in numerous meetings of the working groups and circles as well as the possibility to create your own groups
High-profile presentation at the CU joint stand at national and international trade fairs
Publication of the latest information from your company in the CU reports
Reduced or free attendance of further education seminars
People with a passion for innovation and new technologies
National and international networking
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    Network

    As the National Thematic Network (NTN) and the Swiss regional cluster of Composites United e.V. (CU), the networking of those involved in the high-performance fibre composites sector in Switzerland is our prime concern. We want to bring about this networking through events such as the members’ meeting, working group meetings, themed days, presence at trade fairs and conferences as well as active exchanges between members, general management and the Management Board.

    Events

    Carbon Composites Schweiz and our members organise a variety of events on the subject of high-performance fibre composites and attend relevant trade fairs and conferences. The current events in Switzerland are included in our calendar.

    Training and advanced training

    Some of our members offer advanced training events in the area of high-performance fibre composites. These are included in the training programme of Composites United e.V. (CU) and also in our calendar. In future, Carbon Composites Schweiz is planning to take on an active role with relevant partners for the training and advanced training of professional people and engineers, in order to significantly improve the offer in these areas in Switzerland.

    Projects

    As the National Thematic Network of the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse, Carbon Composites Schweiz is the ideal platform for implementing your project ideas in collaborative ventures such as Innosuisse projects or EU projects. If you have project or product ideas in the area of high-performance fibre composites and are searching for suitable partners from industry, universities or research institutes do not hesitate to contact our office. We will help you find the appropriate project partner for you from our members.